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Clockwise, from top left, Philip Barrett, Teresa Brobston, Dahn Bull, Amy Flood, James Hughes, Anthony Morelli, Jonathan Schopf and Lynda Walowit.

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The Clifton Park Republican Committee last week endorsed a full slate of town and county candidates running for office this year.

Committee Chairman Jeffery Jones announced that the members of the Town Republican Committee, the largest in Saratoga County have endorsed Phil Barrett, for Clifton Park Town Supervisor, 

Jonathan Schopf, for Saratoga County Supervisor, Lynda Walowit, Amy Flood and Anthony Morelli  for town board, Teresa Brobston for town clerk, Dahn Bull for highway superintendent  and James Hughes for town justice.

All the candidates are incumbents in their respective offices. 

Barrett is a 20-year incumbent who has fended off several challenges in the past. As a town supervisor in Saratoga County he also serves on the county legislative body, the Board of Supervisors.

Walowit has the most longevity on the town board having first taken a seat on the dais in 1995.

“My favorite part of my job is the one on one relationship I have with my constituents,” she said. “I am grateful for the most recent support I have gained from the community and look forward to continuing to represent the people of Clifton Park.”

Morelli, a local attorney and former US Naval Officer, was appointed to the town board in October after the resignation of Councilman Jim Romano.

Flood, a local elementary school teacher, was appointed in January after the resignation of Councilman James Whalen in December.

Jones said both Morelli and Flood received enthusiastic endorsements as they both have extensive knowledge and experience serving the Clifton Park community.  

Due to its large population the town gets two seats on the county board of supervisors. Schopf holds that seat. He was elected vice chairman of the board in January.

Hughes has been a judge in town court for 30 years and sees no reason to stop. In a recent interview the retired New York State Trooper described himself as a workaholic, said he is in fine health, enjoys what he does, and wants to continue to serve his community.

Presently, he is the lone Republican candidate on the slate with an announced challenger. Attorney, and endorsed Democrat, Jennifer Jeram last month announced she would challenge Hughes for his seat on the court bench this November.

“The Clifton Park Republican Committee is pleased and unified to be backing such a strong group of experienced candidates, and we are confident that they will continue their outstanding leadership and effective policies that have positioned both Clifton Park and Saratoga County as among the safest, most prosperous, and lowest taxed places to live in all of New York State,” Jones said in the statement announcing the endorsements. “The Committee will work hard for all these candidates ahead of the November elections.” 

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